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“The Wayside: Home of Authors” in Minute Man NHP

Posted: June 5, 2019
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The Wayside: Home of Authors

455 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742

Website: https://www.nps.gov/mima/learn/historyculture/thewayside.htm

Description: Located in Minute Man National Historical Park, The Wayside has been home to three literary families: the Alcotts, Hawthornes, and the Lothrops. The first literary site added to the National Park Service. The Wayside is the only National Historic Landmark to have been lived in by three literary families. Their home and works span more than three centuries.

In their work and their personal lives, these writers grappled with the lasting significance of April 19, 1775 and some of the unresolved issues of the American Revolution, notably slavery. While in the house in the 1840s, the Alcott family aided at least one run-away slave on his flight to freedom.The Wayside is now a site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

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